February 2013

Jesus loves children
(Saturday, 2 March 2013 )

People brought little children to see Jesus to have him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.’ And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them (Mark 10:13-16)

It is all Greek to the pope
(Saturday, 23 February 2013 )

THE ROAD TO hell may be paved with good intentions, but Pope Benedict XVI has erected Caution—Potholes signs on all roads leading towards the truth.

He said on January 19, “From the union between a materialistic view of man and the great development of technology, an anthropology that is essentially atheistic has emerged. It presupposes that man is reduced to autonomous functions—the mind to the brain, human history to a destiny of self-realisation.”


The Church in the same-sex marriage debate
(Saturday, 23 February 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): With the passing of same-sex marriage legislation in the House of Commons in the United Kingdom (UK) and what has been already passed in the state senate of Illinois in the United States of America (US), Catholics have been asking what implications this has for the Church, which has persistently opposed the law.

The Church did not invent marriage, nor did it define it as a union between a man and a woman, the tradition precedes the foundation of the Church, which has...

Cry for peace from Kachin bishop in Myanmar
(Saturday, 23 February 2013 )

MYITKYINA (SE): “I appeal to all parties to return to the peace negotiation, since peace is possible, peace is the only way,” Bishop Francis Daw Tang, from the war-torn diocese of Myitkyina in the Kachin state of the Union of Myanmar, said in a strongly worded appeal for peace on February 8.

The respected bishop said that five decades of war in the Kachin state has bred nothing other than hatred and agony.
He released his statement as the bitter armed conflict between the...

Vietnamese priest nominated for Nobel award
(Saturday, 23 February 2013 )

Hong Kong (Agencies): Father Thaddeus Nguyen Van Ly, a 65-year-old Vietnamese human rights advocate, has been nominated for the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize, together with the Most Venerable Thich Quang Do, patriarch of the Unified Buddhist Church of Vietnam, by two members of the United States Congress, Chris Smith and Zoe Lofgren, the Independent Catholic News reports.

Father Nguyen has been a prominent human rights’ defender since the 1970s, campaigning for religious...

Final closure on Pope Benedict’s reign
(Saturday, 23 February 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): As the helicopter carrying Pope Benedict XVI lifts off the ground to take him from Rome to his summer retreat at Castel Gandolfo at 8.00pm on February 28, his tenure as head of the Church will end, his papal ring will be destroyed and he will cease to play any part in its governance.
He will not have any involvement in the conclave to elect his successor, as although he is still a cardinal, and at 85, has passed the eligibility cut-off age. It is also not deemed appropriate...

A dignified missionary presence lost
(Saturday, 23 February 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): A quiet, but dignified missionary presence was lost to Hong Kong on February 5 with the death of Jesuit Father Ciaran Finbarr Kane. He was 80 years old.

Born in Durbin, Ireland, in 1932, he joined the Society of Jesus in 1950, graduating from the University College Dublin, now known as the National University of Ireland, before coming to Hong Kong in 1958.

He was ordained a priest at the Jesuit house...

Papal greeting for Year of Snake
(Saturday, 23 February 2013 )

VATICAN (SE): “To the various peoples of the Far East—the Chinese, Vietnamese, Koreans and others, who are celebrating the Lunar New Year today,” Pope Benedict XVI said from his study window on February 10, the first day of the Year of the Snake.

He also added a special greeting to the Catholic people of those countries, praying that “they may let themselves be guided by the wisdom of Christ...

Hong Kong cardinal first to a conclave
(Saturday, 23 February 2013 )

HONG KONG (AsiaNews): John Cardinal Tong Hon is set to become the first person from Hong Kong to vote for a new pope at a conclave, when it convenes sometime during March.

Although the news came in the middle of the Lunar New Year holiday, a statement released by the Office of Social Communications in the diocese said that people accepted the news with a heavy heart.


A time of grace 
in the Church
(Saturday, 23 February 2013 )

HONG KONG (SE): Pope Benedict XVI had already released his message for the World Day of the Sick, but on the day itself, February 11, he had another message with a more poignant punch, “After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry.”

With those words to...